Seanergy Maritime (NASDAQ:SHIP) and Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Seanergy Maritime and Diana Shipping, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seanergy Maritime 0 0 1 0 3.00
Diana Shipping 0 3 1 0 2.25

Seanergy Maritime presently has a consensus target price of $2.50, suggesting a potential upside of 290.63%. Diana Shipping has a consensus target price of $4.75, suggesting a potential upside of 55.23%. Given Seanergy Maritime’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Seanergy Maritime is more favorable than Diana Shipping.

Profitability

This table compares Seanergy Maritime and Diana Shipping’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Seanergy Maritime -7.33% -16.04% -2.17%
Diana Shipping -237.60% -4.71% -2.56%

Risk and Volatility

Seanergy Maritime has a beta of 0.74, meaning that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Diana Shipping has a beta of 1.32, meaning that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Seanergy Maritime and Diana Shipping’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Seanergy Maritime $74.83 million 0.33 -$3.23 million N/A N/A
Diana Shipping $161.90 million 2.01 -$511.71 million ($0.79) -3.87

Seanergy Maritime has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Diana Shipping.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Seanergy Maritime shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.5% of Diana Shipping shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Seanergy Maritime Company Profile

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp., an international shipping company, engages in the seaborne transportation of drybulk commodities worldwide. As of March 9, 2018, it owned a fleet of 11 dry bulk carriers consisting of 9 Capesizes and 2 Supramaxes with a combined cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 1,682,582 deadweight tons and an average fleet age of 8.9 years. The company was formerly known as Seanergy Maritime Corp. and changed its name to Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. in July 2008. Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Athens, Greece.

Diana Shipping Company Profile

Diana Shipping Inc. provides shipping transportation services. The company transports a range of dry bulk cargoes, including iron ore, coal, and grains, as well as steel products, cement, and fertilizers through its ownership of dry bulk vessels worldwide. As of December 31, 2017, it operated a fleet of 50 dry bulk carriers, including 22 Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax, 5 Post-Panamax, 14 Capesize, and 4 Newcastlemax vessels. The company was formerly known as Diana Shipping Investments Corp. and changed its name to Diana Shipping Inc. in February 2005. Diana Shipping Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in Athens, Greece.

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